[22 June 2022] Recent amendments to the Domestic Violence Act have created obligations on electronic communications service providers or ECSPs (such as ISPs and voice service providers) to assist in the protection of victims of domestic violence.

Domestic Violence Amendment Act, 2021

These amendments are not yet in force.

These provisions supplement those in the Protection from Harassment Act and the Maintenance Act which also impose obligations on ECSPs to help in tracking down those unlawfully harassing or defaulting on their maintenance obligations.

The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development and ICASA are now requesting comments on draft regulations and tariffs which are required to allow full implementation of the Amendment Act.

Comments are due by 16h00 on 8 July 2022.

Draft Tariff of Compensation Payable to ECS Providers:

Draft Regulations and Forms: